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Sia Engages in Fiery Twitter Debate Over Coming Autism-Themed Film

Sia has not let accusations that she was “ableist” in the making of her upcoming movie, “Music,” go by without comment, and the pop star-turned-filmmaker spent the early hours of Friday tangling with disability activists who took issue with her on several points. Among the grievances she addressed, sometimes with palpable anger: her use of the term “special abilities” instead of “disabled” for people with autism; casting a non-autistic actor in the lead role of her directorial debut; and whether a person who is not autistic is exercising undue privilege in making a film centered on the subject.

Although “Music” isn’t due out till February, a trailer for the film released on Thursday stirred up dissent on Twitter, which Sia was quick to respond to in sometimes surprisingly blunt language.

“This is totally unacceptable and there are no excuses,” tweeted one user, Jordana Golbourn, a legit stage pro involved in

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Republican Senator Loeffler to debate Democratic challenger Warnock in Georgia December 6

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler has agreed to debate Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock in December, her spokesman said Tuesday, setting up a face-off in one of a pair of runoff races that will decide control of the Senate.

Warnock had challenged Loeffler to meet him in three televised debates ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff election. She accepted the debate at the Atlanta Press Club on Dec. 6, her communications director Stephen Lawson said in an email.

Both of Georgia’s Senate seats are in play in the January runoff, which was triggered by state law after no candidate reached 50% in the first round of voting Nov. 3.

The Warnock-Loeffler matchup and the other race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will determine whether Republicans or Democrats lead the U.S. Senate when Democratic President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January.

Democrats need to win both

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David Fincher’s Comments About Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Ignite Heated Debate

David Fincher Recent comments about Todd Phillip’s Joker have sparked some controversy on social media. He also said that the movie gave him flashbacks to working on Fight Club. Fincher had a very difficult time trying to pitch the 1999 movie to studios, which he has talked about numerous times. The movie dealt with mental illness in a way that most people were not used to seeing on the big screen, and to many studios, it was too much of a gamble. Fast forward to 2019’s Joker, and Warner Bros. was beyond excited to get the movie, which also deals with mental illness, out into theaters, despite public backlash.

David Fincher doesn’t think that the Joker movie looked like a homerun on paper. “I don’t think ­anyone would have looked at that material and thought, ‘Yeah, let’s take [Taxi Driver‘s’] Travis Bickle and [The King

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Democrats Debate the Future as Biden Prepares for Transition

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Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia

Joe Biden’s victory was particularly sweet for supporters in three states he had to win: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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WASHINGTON — In late July 2011, with an economy-shaking Treasury default only a few days away and Congress flailing, Senator Mitch McConnell received a Saturday phone call from Joseph R. Biden Jr., then the vice president.

“I think it’s time we talk,” Mr. Biden told Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, who was then the minority leader.

That opening, recounted by Mr. McConnell in his memoir, “The Long Game,” initiated the second in a series of one-on-one tax and budget negotiations that produced agreements

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Kanye’s gift to Kim Kardashian of Robert Kardashian hologram stirs debate again

Loving gift or creepy?



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That’s the debate social media is having about Kanye West gifting his wife Kim Kardasian West with a hologram of her late father for her 40th birthday.

While Kardashian West tweeted how touched she and her family were by being able to see and hear from the lifelike image of the late Robert Kardashian, the use of such technology to resurrect some famous folks has been a sore spot.

In 2012, some fans were a little freaked out by the late rapper Tupac “performing” at Coachella as a hologram.

The technology has come a long way since then, and in 2018 plans for a tour featuring an Amy Winehouse hologram seven years after the then 27-year-old Grammy winner died of accidental alcohol poisoning caused some major ire.

And Winehouse’s image was not the only one.

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Fox News attracts 15.4 million viewers for final Trump-Biden debate, topping broadcast, cable competitors

Fox News Channel attracted 15.4 million viewers during Thursday’s final presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a larger audience than all broadcast and cable news competitors.  

The debate averaged 61.7 million viewers across six networks, down from the 68.1 million who tuned in for the first Trump-Biden showdown Sept. 29. With Election Day fewer than two weeks away, the debate offered both candidates their last chance to make their case in front of a large national audience watching and listening on TV, radio and online. 

ABC finished second with an average of 11.2 million viewers, followed by NBC with 10.6 million. CNN averaged 7.5 million viewers during the debate, while MSNBC rounded out the top five with 6.9 million and CBS finished last by averaging 5.7 million viewers. The FOX network aired NFL “Thursday Night Football” instead of the debate.  

Fox News finished ahead of CNN

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Asian shares, US futures gain after last Trump-Biden debate

Stocks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai. Sydney’s benchmark ended flat.

In their debate late Thursday, U.S. time, Trump and his Democratic challenger Biden largely avoided the disorganized rancor of their first face-off in a more substantive exchange highlighting their vastly different approaches to many challenges facing the nation.

At the least, it gave markets no fresh reason for alarm.

“The final U.S. presidential debate was less chaotic than the first but offered little new information to inform the result for markets,” Stephen Innes of Axi said in a commentary. “Meanwhile, discussion relevant to the post-election economic outlook was limited, particularly from President Trump.”

U.S. stock futures shifted from

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More than 63 million people watched the final presidential debate



a man standing in a room: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 22: U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the last debate between the two candidates before the November 3 election. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)


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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 22: U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the last debate between the two candidates before the November 3 election. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

More than 63 million people watched Thursday night’s debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, according to Nielsen TV ratings.

For comparison’s sake, 73 million people watched the first Trump-Biden debate.

Frequently the first debate is the most-watched of the election cycle, so this year’s results followed a familiar pattern. The high ratings for both debates, despite a fragmented media landscape and a polarized electorate, are a testament to excitement about the election.

The figures in 2016 were even higher: The third and final debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton averaged 71.6 million viewers.

The final

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TV audience for second Trump-Biden debate below first

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A second debate between Republican U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden attracted roughly 63 million television viewers, according to Nielsen data released on Friday, a drop from the candidates’ first face-off in September.

The figures represent the average audience across 15 networks that aired the event live on Thursday night. Fox News Channel pulled in the largest viewership of any single network, drawing 15.4 million viewers.

Trump initially took a more restrained tone than he did at the September event, which was derailed by his repeated interruptions. That matchup was watched by 73.1 million viewers across 16 networks.

This time, the debate faced competition from a National Football League game that aired on the Fox broadcast network.

Nielsen’s figures reflect people who watched on television and do not include others who streamed the proceedings on digital platforms, which are growing

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Final Trump-Biden Debate Down 10 Million Viewers From First

Donald Trump and Joe Biden clashed for the final time on live television in last night’s second presidential debate, which by all accounts was somewhat more watchable than the first. However, it ended up drawing a much smaller audience than its late September predecessor.

Last night’s debate garnered just over 63 million viewers according to Nielsen, almost exactly a 10 million viewer dip from the first debate, which delivered 73.1 million viewers. That final figure covers every single network that carried the debate, namely ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Telemundo, Univision, PBS, CNNe, Fox Business Network, Newsmax, Newsy, Vice and WGNA.

Looking at the networks individually, Fox News was top of the pile once again, with 14.7 million total viewers at this stage. ABC came second with 10.8 million, followed by NBC with 10.2 million. CNN topped cable news rival MSNBC by 7.2 million viewers to 6.7 million.

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